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Split-level trellis for privacy, shade, bonsai.

Split-level trellis forprivacy, shade, bonsai Tucked into an uphill corner of their back yard, this garden retreat invites owners Traudy and Dolph Stieber to step away from their house and view the garden from a different perspective.

Set away from the house, the raised structure has an 11-foot-square deck, a display bench along one side, and a split-level trellis overhead. The main trellis does more than offer shade: it helps block views into the yard from uphill neighbors. A second trellis, shrouded by foliage, rises 3 feet above the lower section; nestled beneath it are a waterfall and koi pond.

Along the side fence, lattice panels of light-colored wood, set between 6-by-6 support posts, also screen views and add contrast to the dark-stained trellis. Below the lattice, the 2-by 12-foot cantilevered bench supports plants and people.

Posts supports three layers of wood overhead: on the lowest are pairs of 3-by-8s, next come three pairs of 2-by-6s, which in turn support single 2-by-4s. All the boards have tapered ends.

Design was by landscape architect Cliff Jones, of Ransohoff, Blanchfield, Jones, Inc., in Redwood City, California.
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